Books

Life of an IT student | Media and Entertainment Management Books I

In my series of Life as an IT student I write monthly about my experience as a student in IT, studying ‘Informatica’ at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. This is not my first nor the only study I studied. Before I started with this study in IT, I have studied for three years ‘Media & Entertainment Management’ at Inholland University of Applied Sciences and a year of ‘Law’ in part-time at the same university as well. And inbetween the Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, I have studied ‘International Bachelor Arts & Culture Studies’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

It’s a lot …

For the courses I follow, the project we undertake and extra curriculum stuff, I need and read a lot of study books and documents. Many books are written about specific subjects, some books are more general. This weekend I made a list of books I use(d) for study and/or are related to study… over 50 books!

Hereby the first list of required books I use(d) during my study ‘Media & Entertainment Management’.

  • ‘Auteursrecht in hoofdlijnen’ written by N. van Lingen
    (only 2nd hand available)

  • ‘Basisboek Communiceren’ written by Olav Severijnen / Mart Bakker / Nicole Pas
    Publisher: ThiemeMeulenhoff bv
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Basisboek Crossmedia Concepting’ written by Indira Reynaert / Daphne Dijkerman
    Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Communicatie Handboek’ written by Wil Michels
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘De Muzikantengids’ written by J. van der Plas
    Publisher: Django Music & Publishing
    Bol.com: NL

 

  • Flow’ written by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly


Publisher: Harper Perennial
Amazon: US |
Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Grondslagen van de Marketing’ written by Bronis Verhage
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Marketing Communication Strategy’ written by Ko Floor / Fred van Raaij
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Marketing Strategie’ written by Ruud T. Frambach / Edwin J. Nijssen
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Organisatie en Management’ written by N. van Dam / Jos Marcus
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Projectmatig werken’ written by Stijn Schenk / Jan Verhaar
    Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Statistiek om mee te werken’ written by Arie Buijs
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

 

  • ‘The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide’ written by Anthony Q. Artis 
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Amazon: US
    Bol.com: NL

 

  • ‘Trends’ written by Fons Maenhoudt
    Publisher: Fons Maenhoudt
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Vlekkeloos Nederlands’ written by D. Pak
    Publisher: Uitgeverij Pak
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Wat is onderzoek’ written by Nel Verhoeven
    Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

Do or did you have to buy many books for study?

And do or did you like them?

Greetings by Sophie

 

Films

Mile 22 (2018)

Filmposter - Mile 22 - 2018
Copyright impawards.com

In my view…

This film is about intelligence services, politics, attacks and attempts of attacking and it is quite realistic. Well it seems realistic from a citizen point of view. A life at an embassy in a foreign country and what if a war – be it partially digital – is going on and you seek safety at an embassy. Those questions pop up when you are watching the film. Because the story is about a group of agents who are formed together as a special unit with a special mission to get another special agent out of his – for the agents a foreign – country. The story-line is very complex, it doesn’t look like it at the beginning but every little aspect plays a role which gets clear in the last five minutes of the film.

The first part of the film is well thought-through, every character get its form and there is a lot of violence. Now and then good combat and towards the end of the film it is too much and too quick, no slow-motions in combat and too quick play. Especially the plot which is told in just five minutes. And then you realise the beginning was a start of flashback storytelling. It was not that clear to me in the first part of the film.

The main character, a genius agent named Silva, is played by Mark Wahlberg. He plays a very good role of this high energetic, now and then aggressive and quiet, character. There is rarely a dull moment in the film but the actions are a bit too quick. And how the character named Silva is in the end is like…too easy or is it because he is a highly intelligent person and was one of the most intelligent characters in the film plot? The rest of the characters are not so in-depth explained.

Trailer:

In my reviews I am writing in descriptive facts and if the story was clear.. Not telling about the story itself too much – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film.

Film Facts:

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Series

Easter Series | Top 5 2018

This weekend it’s Easter so it is time for an ‘Easter Series’ list. What to watch during the Easter days?

The story of Easter has to do with religion. But for kids it has also to do with rabbits, chocolate eggs, chickens, colored Easter eggs and so on. And being as a family together for a long weekend.

Netflix offers a few films and series that are all about….rabbits and chickens. Here is the little list:

  • Peter Rabbit (series 2012) – three seasons, 25 episodes in total of each 22 minutes.
  • Wallace & Gromit | The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) – film of 85 minutes.
  • Gaspard and Lisa (series 2011) – one season, 25 episodes in total of each 20 minutes.
  • Miffy | Longer Stories (2005) – one season, 4 episodes in total of each 24 minutes.
  • [PEGI 12] White Rabbit Project (2016) – one season, 10 episodes in total of each 48 minutes.

Wallace & Gromit | The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) trailer:

https://youtu.be/BXYNHHj4KDw

Where are you looking forward to at Easter this weekend?

Greetings by Sophie

Books · Films · Lists · Series

Books to films in 2018

Not only YA books, áll books!

The book becomes a film anno 2018

The new year is already for two months on its way, so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2018! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (March, 5th, 2018).

The list sorted by release date

The release date is the date expected to be released in theatres in The Netherlands unless otherwise mentioned.

January 2018

  • 4th, You Were Never Really Here
  • 25th, The Maze Runner | The Death Cure – James Dashner

February

  • 1st, 12 Strong – Dough Stanton
  • 8th, Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James
  • 22nd, Every Day – David Levithan
  • 23rd, War with Grandpa – Robert Kimmel Smith

March

  • 1st, Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
  • 12th, Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer
  • 28th, Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  • 29th, Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

April

  • 4th, A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • 16th, The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

May

  • 31st, Lean on Pete – Willy Vlautin

June

  • 14th, Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli
  • 14th, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – John Callahan

July

  • Unknown yet…

August

  • 3rd (USA), The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
  • 9th, The Meg – Steve Alten
  • 16th, Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
  • 17th (USA), Three Seconds – Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund

September

  • 21st (USA), The House with a Clock in its Walls – John Bellairs
  • 27th, The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
  • 28th (USA), Little Women – May Alcott

October

  • 4th, Boy Erased – Garrard Conley
  • 11th, First Man – James R. Hansen
  • 11th, I Still See You – Daniel Waters
  • 19th (USA), Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

November

  • 8th, Book Club – book related
  • 15th, Fantastic Beasts | The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling
  • 28th, The Grinch – Dr. Seuss
  • 29th, The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz

December

  • 13th, Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
  • 20th, Mary Poppins Returns – P.L. Travers

To be announced in 2018:

  • Angels Four – David Nott
  • Ashes in the Snow – Ruta Sepetys
  • Beautiful Boy – David Sheff, Nic Sheff
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Down a Dark Hall – Lois Duncan
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – John Guy
  • Monster – Walter Dean Myers
  • Ophelia – Lisa Klein
  • The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook
  • The Aspern Papers – Henry James
  • The Bell Har – Sylvia Plath
  • The Black Hand – Stephan Talty
  • The Long Home – William Gay
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • We the Animals – Justin Torres
  • Zeroville – Steve Erickson

 

Anno 2019 – All new to the list!
Some books are already coming next year!
Total =  films

  • January 25th (USA), The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  • March 1st (USA), Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
  • October 11th (USA), The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Unknown exactly, but announced – Total = 

I have previously written about films in 2016 and 2017 and unknown coming ups in the blog post: Books to Films in 2016. This list underneath here is an addition to the unknown list.

  • A Book of Common Prayer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • All the Bright Places
  • American Tabloid
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • Angelfall
  • Arclight
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Battle Royale
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Beautiful Ruins
  • Birdsong
  • Blonde
  • Blood of Eden
  • Blood Red Road
  • Born to Run
  • Brilliance
  • Climb to Conquer
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Depth of Field
  • Earthseed
  • East of Eden
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  • Facing the Wind
  • Firelight
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  • Forgotten
  • Gone
  • Graceling
  • Heist Society
  • Hourglass
  • I Would Tell You, But Then I Would Have to Kill You
  • Illuminae
  • In the Garden of Beasts
  • Incarceron
  • Infinity
  • It’s What I Do
  • King of Heists
  • Legend
  • Let It Snow – John Green e.o.
  • Lie Down in Darkness
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green
  • Love May Fail
  • Matched
  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
  • Men of Granite
  • Monument 14
  • Obsidian
  • One Last Thing Before I Go
  • Origin
  • Paranormalcy
  • Pure
  • Queen of the Tearling
  • Red Queen
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shiver
  • Significance
  • Sister
  • Six Years
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • Soul Seekers
  • Splinter Cell
  • Struck by Genius
  • The Age of Miracles
  • The Alchemist | Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar
  • The Bone Season
  • The Chronicles of Narnia | The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
  • The Crowded Room
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Divergent Series | Ascendant – Veronica Roth
  • The Diviners
  • The Emperor’s Children
  • The Engagements
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth
  • The Giant Under the Snow
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Graveyard Book
  • The Infernal Devices | Clockwork Angel
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Iron Trial
  • The Looking Glass Wars
  • The Merciless
  • The Night Circus
  • The Psychopath Test
  • The Raven Cycle
  • The Rules of Inheritance
  • The Scorpio Races
  • The Secret Life of Houdini
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
  • The Silent Wife
  • The Sky is Everywhere
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • The Testing
  • The Thicket
  • The Thin Man
  • The True American
  • These Broken Stars
  • Three Little Words
  • Three to Kill
  • Tiger’s Curse
  • Tunnels
  • Van Cliburn
  • Violet Town
  • Wake
  • Wicked
  • Wicked Lovely
  • Why We Broke Up
  • Wings
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity

 

Which film are you looking forward to, to see in theatres this year?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Books · Social Media

Year 2017 in Book Statistics

The year 2018 is already for a month on it’s way and this is my book statistics overview of 2017. Not as many pages and books as in the previous two years but that’s because I’m in the middle of my study programme and achieved a Propedeuse in Software Engineering. I think I have even read more pages in total in articles, tutorials, written code and so on…than all the book pages of the read books of 2017.

The list of 2017
  • Books total: 32 books
  • Pages total: 5241 pages
  • Shortest book: 36 pages ‘The Hedge Knight | Issue 6′ [EN]  written by George R.R. Martin
  • Longest book: 569 pages ‘The Definitive Guide to Yii‘ written by Qian Xue
  • Average length: 164
  • Most popular:Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ written by J.K. Rowling
  • Least popular:The School Investigation – Maarten Brand‘ [NL] written by Maarten Brand
  • My average rating: 3,8 / 5 stars

Goodreads link to my 2017 overview: My Year 2017 in Books

The list of 2017 and reviewed are the linked:

Chronological from first of 2017 to last of 2017

  • The Journeys of Alex | The Olympic Games (#4) – C. Hervan
  • The Hedge Knight | #4 – George R.R. Martin
  • The Hedge Knight | #6 – George R.R. Martin
  • Gestrand – Mariëtte Middelbeek [NL]
  • Hobson & Choi | The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (#1) – Nick Bryan
  • Midnight Blue – Simone van der Vlugt
  • Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson
  • Beauty and the Beast | Zielenrijger (#1) – Maxe L’Hermenier
  • Beauty and the Beast | Evenbeeld (#2) – Maxe L’Hermenier
  • Between Title and Position – Marja Visscher
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two – J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne
  • Kuifje en de Picaro’s – Hergé
  • Ladies of Harper’s Station | Worth The Wait (#1.5) – Karen Witemeyer
  • Citylights – Margreet Maljers
  • The School Investigation – Maarten Brand
  • Wanhopig Verliefd | Verboden Liefde (#1) – Lizzie van den Ham
  • Loïs Elzinga | Aan niemand vertellen (#1) – Simone van der Vlugt
  • A Deadly Run-Off – Max Rippe
  • Tom Dumoulin – Léon Kort
  • Ginevra | an Italian Love Story – Simone van der Vlugt
  • Saïdjah en Adinda – Multatuli
  • Wanhopig Verliefd | Verboden Kus (#2) – Lizzie van den Ham
  • Chris Froome – Léon Kort
  • Beroofde bejaarde in Oostgaarde – Ben de Raaf
  • Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures – Roy Thomas Fielding
  • phpMyAdmin Documentation | Release 4.7.5-dev – The phpMyAdmin devel team
  • #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso
  • Web Application Development with Yii and PHP – Jeff Winesett
  • The Definitive Guide to Yii 2.0 – Qian Xue
  • Yii 2.0 Cookbook – Alexander Makarov
  • The Crimson Spell – Cameron Dokey | F. Goldsborough
  • The Priest – Connie Palmen
Did the 2017 challenge beat the 2016 challenge?

So here we are…time for the comparison of years 2017 versus 2016 in a summary:

Comparison:
  • Books total: In terms of completed books…2016 wins. In terms of most read study related stuff beside books…2017 wins.
  • Pages total: 2016 wins
  • Shortest book: 2016 wins, but 2015 has the shortest read book ever so far.
  • Longest book: 2017 has beaten 2016!
  • Average length: 2016 wins, a difference of 25 pages
  • My average rating: 2017 has beaten 2016 and 2015 (draw), with 0.1 in average rating!
Review Overview of previous years
Book reviews I have written in 2016:

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Books

Ginevra | An Italian Love Story – Simone van der Vlugt

Cover image from Goodreads.com

My book review of “Ginevra | An Italian Love Story” written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

The story of this book is an Italian legend. This book is shaped by a fictional story written around a real existed person named Ginevra degli Almieri. She was a young adult living in Florence ca. ~1396. She was ready to grow up, fall in love with a man and marry him. But the habits and behaviors in a noble family that was common in that era, did not make it easy to marry the one you love. This is an Italian historical love story and it mostly written like you would expect a love story to be written. But a certain, true historical, event takes place and you can imagine what happens to all the characters and the citizens of Florence. It is just a particular part during that event that starts shaping the Italian legend of Ginevra degli Almieri It is not a story really comparable to other stories I have read so far. How would I imagine how the characters are dressed, how they behave, how the streets of the city looks like…. and so on. There is a map included in the book just before the start of the first chapter. But I did not understand the drawn footsteps on the map. Now I do understand that it has everything to do with the particular part during the true historical event. And how I imagine the characters? I think of The Vampire Diaries dresses and carriages, the Downton Abbey noble behaviors and the streets of Florence, the Duomo and The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and some churches I have seen myself during a summer holiday in Florence back in 2014. The story with the legend of Ginevra is one everyone should read if you (have) visit(ed) Florence.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I have not found any spelling or grammar mistakes so it was a nice to read. Also the pace of the story quickens up towards the end and this turns the story from a historical novel into a thriller part. And it ends as a historic novel so it is not a spliced book. But really wow that thriller part because I did not expect at all such a situation nor have ever read it anywhere else. Cleverly written!

Main characters

The main character is Ginevra degli Almieri who is the daughter of the noble family of Bernardo degli Almieri. There are two famous Florence families alongside this noble family. This is the Alberti family consisting of Guiscardo, Fiametta – Ginevra’s good friend, Luigi, Emilia, Matteo, Ludovico and Massimo. The other important family is the Rondinelli family existing of Pietro, Chiaria, Catarina and Antonio Rondinelli. Also the noble man who owns quite a palace with several entrances – reminded me of the Medici palaces -, Francesco Agolanti, plays an important role.

There are several side characters but if I would reveal them all I would give away how they are all related to the story.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

Book Facts:

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Music · YouTube

YouTube | The Choir of Man – Some Nights

The Discovery

During my holiday last week in Edinburgh, Scotland, I discovered a poster about ‘The Choir of Man’. They perform several nights in the theatre during the ‘Edinburgh Fringe Festival‘. They have covered the song “Some Nights” which is originally sung by ‘Fun‘ and is already a couple of years old.

But this video is a nice cover. You hear the different voices, the pitch and this is all really good combined together. As well as their accent which is quite different from the original but therefore it gives it their personal touch. A song sung in their own style. If you are in Edinburgh, I recommend to go watch their performance and listen to their beautiful voices, combined together as a real men’s choir.

Enjoy watching and listening!

YouTube Description

Published on 15 Nov 2016

The Choir of Man cover Fun’s “Some Nights”

Category: People & Blogs 

Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

Greetings by Sophie